Bishop Joseph E. Strickland: The Call to Personal Holiness

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By Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, Catholic East Texas, Feb. 11, 2022

I’m pleased to offer these reflections on the call to personal holiness and how this quest affects every choice and step we take in our daily journey. I consider the question of personal holiness in the context of the vocational call of marriage, and how we are all called to offer financial support to the work of the Church. At first glance, it may appear these are relatively disparate threads of our lives. How does our call to holiness relate to living a strong marriage and making financial contributions to the Church? I believe it is precisely in the personal call to holiness that these distinct aspects of our lives are drawn together in a tapestry of giving glory and praise to God in all that we do. In this way, our journey through life becomes a unified path to the ultimate fulfillment in God that we are created to seek. I often refer to St. Augustine’s well-known words, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in God.” I hope that with this brief reflection, I can at least take some beginning steps in helping all of us to more intentionally seek that “rest in God” we naturally long for in our human reality. …

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